I would like to thank the Michigan Association of Healthcare Auditors (MAHA) for reaching out to the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians and requesting someone speak to their group. Friday March 20, 2015 I presented a talk titled: Complex vs Complicated Medicine Why Naturopathic Medicine is Necessary in the 21st Century. They were very welcoming, inquisitive and seemed to enjoy the talk. I spoke about 3 areas: naturopathic education and licensure in Michigan, the importance of treating the whole person by addressing imbalances in their life, and the importance of a therapeutic doctor patient relationship to create positive changes.
People asked a lot of questions about licensure and training especially. They wanted to know how to find a reputable naturopathic physician and how much longer it would be until we were licensed. I used depression as an example of the importance of treating the whole person. Using antidepressants and talk therapy helps but most people do not undergo complete remission of symptoms and there are so many additional things that can be done to help people suffering from depression. Last but not least I talked about the doctor patient relationship necessary to promote healing. Again I thank MAHA for inviting me and I look forward to discussing Naturopathic Medicine with more people in the future.